sorry the quality of the photo isn't as good as normal, it was taken using my iPhone! But this is just a quick post to show you my Easter nails as it's Easter today and it would be a bit weird if I posted this tomorrow! I've already posted bunny rabbit nails with a tutorial here but I did these ones the other day too so I thought I would show you them- let me know what you think! I did a post with nails like this last year too which is weird to look back on- it doesn't seem a year ago!
Sunday, 31 March 2013
I always find it interesting to see what people use to go from bare faced to made up every day, so I thought you might want to see what I use too- I hope you like it! Here is a link to my channel and I would LOVE it if you could click the subscribe button for me!
♥ benefit porefessional
♥ benefit hello flawless foundation
♥ real techniques buffing brush
♥ benefit fake up concealer*
♥ real techniques deluxe crease brush
♥ collection lasting perfection concealer
♥ urban decay primer potion
♥ urban decay naked basics palette
♥ real techniques base shaddow brush
♥ sigma E25 blending brush
♥ look beauty brow perfect palette
♥ real techniques brow brush
♥ elf eyelash curlers
♥ soap and glory thick and fast mascara
♥ rimmel scandal eyes eyeliner in 'nude'
♥ peggy sage parish highlighter
♥ elf bronzing brush
♥ elf contouring and bronzing powder
♥ the body shop travel brush
♥ benefit hello flawless powder*
♥ real techniques blush brush
♥ rimmel lasting finish lip liner in 'indian pink'
♥ revlon 'cherries in the snow' lipstick
♥urban decay all nighter setting spray
Friday, 29 March 2013
I will very rarely leave the house without some form of bright lipstick on. Today I have a post to show you what I do when I want to wear a bright lip. The products I used were the Burts Bees lip balm (present from Helen), Rimmel lip liner in 'Indian Pink' and Revlon 'Cherries in the snow' lipstick (all time favourite). As you can see before I use the products I look half dead and there is no colour in my face but once I've added the lips it looks much better!
First off I start by moisturising my lips to stop any of the product clinging to any dry patches (vom). I do this before I start putting any of my makeup on to give it time to sink in properly.
Next I take the lip liner, which as I said above was Indian Pink by Rimmel which I find helps to keep the lipstick in place for longer as it acts as a primer and makes the colour more vivid.
Draw a cross over your cupids bow on your lips which I find is the best way to make sure your lips have a good shape to them and looking full once you've finished all the steps.
Then line down both of the sides of the top lip and around the bottom lip, going slightly over the natural line to make your lips a tiny bit appear bigger.
Once you've done this you can fill them in (unless you're going for the whole lip liner just around the lips look which I really wouldn't recommend you do...).
Neaten up round the edges if you need to and then go over the top in the lipstick of your choice. I do the same method of doing a sort of cross on my cupids bow and then filling the rest in to keep the shape.
And you're done! I love wearing bright lipsticks and this is the easiest way I've found to do them. I am in no way an expert but bright lipstick is something I wear every day without fail and this is the best way I've found to do them. I really recommend trying a lip liner if you don't already use one as they really do keep the lipstick in place for longer. I find that using this method and these products it will stay in place for at least five hours before I have to give it a quick top up after I've eaten.
What did you think of this sort of post? Is it something you would like to see more of in the future? Leave your lipstick and lip liner recommendations below please!
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013
easter egg nail art tutorial which went down really well (it's one of my top viewed posts but I'm not all that sure why...) and this year I thought I would do bunny rabbit ones! They are really easy to do and I did step by step photos along the way which has been requested so that you can follow it too! The background was 'lucky lucky lavendar' by OPI and I think pretty much any pastel colour would look good as a background!
Please let me know if you like how I've been doing these as a mini tutorial recently instead of just showing you the finished nails as I love your feedback and if you give them a go then I would absolutely love it if you showed me a photo!
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Sunday, 24 March 2013
so last Thursday I was invited to the blogger launch of the brand new Benefit fake up concealer in Brighton (pretty cool, huh?). I've already posted about the event itself here but now it's time for the review of their new product fake up.
Fake up is a concealer designed specifically for under the eyes as the skin is much thinner there than the rest of your skin so it needs extra care taken of it. It is essentially two products in one as it has the concealing aspect to it along with the moisturising which is something I haven't really seen before in a concealer. This is where the moisturising ring around fake up concealer comes in handy. Enriched with vitamin E and apple seed extract, fake up promises to hydrate your skin for up to six hours which is impressive! When I was at the event we were told that 100% of the women they tested it on agreed with this statement!
Firstly the packaging of these is very nice, it's in a metal tube and it twists up, sort of like a lipstick would and so it's perfect for traveling.
To use it you simply draw it on in a V shape under both of your eyes and blend it in with either your ring finger or a brush (I use the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush). It helps to brighten, conceal and hydrate your skin all day without it creasing which I often found happening with my Collection lasting perfection concealer or the Benefit erase paste which I had been using before. I used to find that my concealer would go on quite cakey and heavy but fake up really doesn't at all! I find that it also stays in place well once set with a powder which I was scared it wouldn't as it's not a heavy product.
I don't usually have much of a problem with dark circles around my eye area and if I'm being 100% honest I didn't see much of a difference when using it under my eyes (see the photos above) but I do feel it slightly brightened the area.
If you have quite fair skin like me then you can use the deep shade as a coutour. Simply draw a line under your cheekbone and blend out with your hand again or a brush (I use the Real Techniques countour brush for this). I tend to skip doing this on a day to day basis but I would if I was going out somewhere nice!
To see it in action check out my everyday makeup routine video which I posted here
Overall I do think this is a nice product if you don't suffer from bad dark circles like me as it doesn't have a huge amount of coverage to it but it's great how it is two products in one and doesn't crease or look cakey throughout the day.
Fake up launches on the 30th of March and will retail for £18.50. It comes in three shades- light, medium and deep (to be honest it would of been nice to see more of a shade range as I used the lightest shade and my skin isn't as fair as some people's) and can be found at all Benefit counters or online on the Benefit website.
although the Benefit Fake Up was a pr sample for reviewing this does not influence my opinion in any way and it is 100% honest as always
Friday, 22 March 2013
I did a room tour video quite a while ago and ever since I've had people asking me to do a makeup collection/storage one. I actually put some effort into editing this video instead of the rambled ones I normally do so let me know what you think of this style of video and if you have any editing tips for me as I haven't really done it before!
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Wednesday, 20 March 2013
I was inspired to do these when I saw a lovely girl called Elsa post ones to her instagram (elsafarrer) and I thought I would do ones similar! Her ones had blue flowers but I thought I would stick to what I know and go for the peach and red roses which I normally do. I like how they have a mixture of spots, stripes and flowers and they are very Cath Kidston inspired to which if you know me is something I love!
I'm going to be starting a nail art for beginners type series soon- do you have any questions you'd like me to answer or anything you'd like me to include in it?
Monday, 18 March 2013
♥ red: rimmel 'double decker red'
♥ white: Rio nail art pen*
♥ anchors: skin art nail art tattoos*
I showed these nails in an OOTD post a few days ago (here) and you all seemed to love them! I painted them using the Skin Art nail art tattoos* which I reviewed here. I said in the post that I was going to do more designs and post them so here we are!
I think these will look really cute in the spring with a white dress and sandals if you were at the beach (can it stop snowing already...)
Friday, 15 March 2013
|all the lovely bloggers and makeup artists|
|some of the makeup I wore to it (I had to do my makeup in the sixth form toilets like the classy girl I am...)|
|face/hair of the day (sorry about the toilet background...)|
|head Benefit makeup artist Lisa doing a fake up demonstration|
|me with the lovely Benefit ladies|
|with the lovely Catherine|
|with the lovely Laura|
|with the lovely Rosie|
|the goody bag contents (full reviews coming soon!)|
on Thursday I got the chance to go to the Benefit fake up launch in Brighton which was in a really cute bar called the Memerist. As I had never been to an event before I was really looking forward to it especially as Benefit is one of my favourite brands! I thought I would share a few photos of the evening with you and I'm going to do a separate review which will be up in the the next week or so. All of the bloggers were so lovely and I would love to meet all of them again! (speaking of meet ups have you checked out Helen's London meet up for July yet?
The evening started off with the head makeup artist for Benefit called Lisa telling us about fake up and doing a demonstration which was very interesting to hear more about the product and the ingredients. We then had drinks (which was an amazing champagne, vodka, cranberry and lemon cocktail I think?) and little nibbles whilst Lisa and the other lovely Benefit ladies applied fake up and the hello flawless powder to us so that we could see what we thought (my first impressions are very good by the way!)
Overall it was a great evening and now I can't wait to go to more events in the future- thank you so much Benefit for inviting me!
Bloggers that attended:
Please leave a comment with your blog link if you came so that I can add it to this post as sadly I didn't get to chat to everyone!
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
♥ shirt: tesco
♥ jeans: HM
♥ watch: river island
♥ earrings: topshop
♥ nails: nautical using the nail art tattoos by skin art*
♥ lips: rimmel 107
I've been quite good at posting outfits more regularly recently so here's another one for you! I bought this top after seeing Laura get one similar (it was much cooler though because the polka dots were all different sizes) but I couldn't find any over here in England so I had to settle for this one! It was only £14 which I thought was really good! I think it fits in with the whole monochrome trend but it's also quite fun too (can a shirt be fun?!)
I randomly decided to go for a nautical theme on my nails using the skin art nail tattoos which I reviewed here the other day and so many of my friends have asked about them as they look like I painted on the anchors!
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Sunday, 10 March 2013
To use, simply paint your nails in the colour of your choice and allow it to fully dry. Then peel off the nail tattoo from the sheet with the design of your choice and place onto your nail. I used tweezers to make the application process easier and to have more precision. Simply finish with a top coat (I used the Nails inc. caviar one) to prevent them from peeling off and make them super shiny.
Once applied they look really realistic as if you've painted them yourself (I fooled my sister into thinking that I had painted the bird ones by hand) and will last on your nails for around 3-5 days depending on which base/top coat you use. To remove you simply use nail polish remover and a cotton pad to remove the polish and then I picked off the tattoo.
what I love about these is that there's so many possibilities with the designs you can do. I used the bird ones with a plain blue background to show how simple they can be but if you wanted you could so a simple ombre, polkadot or striped background and then apply the tattoo on top to jazz it up a bit. I can't wait to use the bow ones with maybe a bit of pink and white polkadots going on too to give it a bit of a minnie mouse feel to it!
Boots and from the Skin Art website.
Skin art also sell nail polishes and they very kindly let me review them too- here's what I think of them!
the first thing that I noticed was the really cute names of these- the neutral grey/brown shade called 'mine's a skinny latte' is my favourite, it's just so cute! Now, onto the actual nail polish.
I thought I would try this one first as I wanted to get on the whole nude nail bandwagon like lots of other bloggers are at the moment. I like how neat it looks compared to how I normally have some form of nail art on the ends of my fingers. It took me three coats to make it completely opaque like this, which is quite annoying as I usually only do two coats. On the other hand, I'm not sure what it is about these nail polishes but they have an almost gel like finish to them. They are super glossy and barely chip at all- this photo was taken after it being applied for two days- completely chip free as you can see! I used the Nails inc. caviar base and top coat which I love and this may be part of the reason why they last so well but it must be down to the quality of the actual nail polish too!
The nail polishes are priced at £3 each and are available here